Archive for November 11th, 2014

EMP.KS.2While I make the most of my time living in eastern Kansas, across the river from the great city of Kansas City, MO, I have been exploring the region on weekends. Some days I just point the car in one direction and see what I can find.

Just this past Sunday I took a random exit off a state highway and ended up in Emporia, KS which boasts itself as the “Founding City of Veterans Day.”

Emporia was indeed the site of the first Veterans Day when a city resident petitioned Congress to rename Armistice Day (the commemoration of the end of the First World War) to Veterans Day to honor all those who have served our country.

Congress passed the Veterans Day bill and President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into law on October 8, 1954 and we have been honoring this day every November 11 since.

I thought it was just so cool that I found this charming little city on the eve of this Veterans Day.

The monument in Emporia’s Veterans Park honoring the day:

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Visit the city of Emporia, KS online here.

See the Act of Congress that recognized Emporia as the birthplace of Veterans Day here.

Learn more about Veterans Day here.

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* Marine Memorial – Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Higginsville, MO.